Letter to the Editor from Our Executive Director

With Bollen Plea Deal Republican Establishment Sweeps EB-5 Scandal Under the Rug Once Again

11986463_10207681434302727_4776833507063561107_nSouth Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Suzanne Jones Pranger sent the following letter to the editors of the daily newspapers of South Dakota last week:

This week the only man ever charged with a crime in connection with South Dakota’s EB-5 scandal accepted a plea deal that will allow him to avoid spending a day in jail.

It really is no surprise that Attorney General Marty Jackley, after a politically motived, years-long delay in bringing charges against Joop Bollen in the EB-5 corruption scandal, let Bollen off the hook with a lenient plea deal that only required Bollen plead guilty to one of five charges against him.

Bollen, a former employee of the state who benefited from state contracts after leaving government, misused hundreds of thousands of South Dakota taxpayer dollars, spending it on things like ancient Egyptian artifacts. Worse yet, an individual ended up dead in the fall out from the scheme. Yet, Jackley’s agreement with Bollen means that no one will spend a day in jail for the corrupt activity.

Another troubling result of AG Jackley’s plea deal with Bollen is that the public will now get even less information about the EB-5 scandal because no trial will take place to expose the facts to the public. Once again, the Republican establishment in Pierre is sweeping corruption under the rug.

Suzanne Jones Pranger

Executive Director, South Dakota Democratic Party

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